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Monday, July 18, 2011

Anantapura temple, Kumbla, Kerala

Ananthapura Lake Temple is a Hindu temple located in the middle of a lake in the Kasargod District of Kerala, South India, 5 km from Kumbla. From Kumbla we need to travel by bus or auto to Naikap. I

This is a very popular Temple because it is the only lake Temple in Kerala.







Kumbla can easily be reached from Mangalore by train or bus.



This is the only lake temple in Kerala and the original seat (Moolasthana) of Ananthapadmanabha Swami (Padmanabhaswamy temple)Thiruvananthapuram.

The idols of Anantapadmanabha Swamy with Sridevi, Bhudevi, Garuda and Hanumantha are made of Herbs (No metal is used in making these Idols).



Legend has it that this is the original site where Ananthapadmanabha settled down. The temple's lake is also home to a crocodile, which is supposed to be the guard of the temple. When one dies, another mysteriously takes its place.



This is a vegetarian crocodile which feed only on Naivedya ( Prasada) and is harmless to anyone. History says that once in 64 years ago a British officer killed the previous crocodile and this one mysteriously took its place. This crocodile is named as "Babiya".














Naivedya pooja is performed at 11:15 am after which the "Naivedya" is given to the Crocodile "Babiya"
Maha Pooje at 12.30 pm
Anna Prasada at 1.15 pm

While entering this temple men should remove their shirt & vest while going for darshan.

How we Traveled : Train from Mangalore to Kumbla Station. Then bus from Kumbla bus stand to Naikapu. Then about 1 Km walk to the temple.

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5 comments:

  1. Heard temple is very popular one in south india.
    Will try to visit soon :)

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  2. Very popular Temple because it is the only lake Temple in Kerala
    Naivedya pooja is performed at 11:15 am after which the "Naivedya" is given to the Crocodile "Babiya"
    Maha Pooje at 12.30 pm
    Anna Prasada at 1.15 pm

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  3. This temple is found in search engine as Ananthapura Lake Temple Kasaragod and people ask us about this. Today I went and found that this temple is after kasaragod when we travel towards mangalore located in 15 km in a town called Kumbla. From Kumbla you will get another bus or auto to Naikap. From Naikap it is one or 1.5 KM. In this temple, as we do in Lord siva temple, men should remove their shirt & vest while going for darshan.
    thank you. rakesh hp
    hprakesh10.wordpress.com

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  4. my hometown is anantapura so i am happy that i have this great opportunity to go to this temple

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  5. Rellay its like a divine. I like Varanasi also.

    Shama Travels

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